Really important post filled — BLM Director to be Bob Abbey

News article reports praises from all quarters-

I suspect he is not so popular as the AP* article below indicates. New federal BLM chief nominated.
The Associated Press.

The BLM directorship is not a simple appointment position. Abbey must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate where holds and filibusters increasingly hold sway.

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Has anyone noticed how the Associated Press is becoming more and more important as the newspapers continue their decline? RM



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  1. kt Avatar

    Bob Abbey will at least know, and have some twinges of conscience, about the consequences of the decisions he makes. Like how destructive the solar plants will really be if they come to fruition.

    My fear is WHAT did Harry Reid order that Abbey will do as Director? Reid views the nation’s pubic lands as a way for his sons and lobbyist friends to rake in the bucks.

    I think Abbey will be as good a Director as we could expect from the Obama Admin. He was not afraid to actually go out onto BLM and look at damage done by grazing and other things when he was Director.

    Abbey did veer to the dark side in his post-NV Director doings – for example with the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition – which claims to be doing “restoration” but instead seems largely a front for the same old expsneive taxpayer-funded destruction of native plant communities to promote livestock forage (and in the backwards view of the “range” types – increase water yield – in this case for export to Las Vegas). You see, those trees transpire, suck up water so all we can do is KILL them and call it restoration. And of course, the ENLC’s other function is also to suck in big wads of federal tax dollars to fund a private local non-profit of sorts to do what the BLM should be doing in the first place … Take over the function of gov’t … Abbey was on the Board, but he may not have been involved much in what was going on there. Wjo knows? Could be a lot worse.

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    Thanks KT,

    Given all the time you spend in the Nevada backlands, I value your opinion

  3. JB Avatar

    “Has anyone noticed how the Associated Press is becoming more and more important as the newspapers continue their decline?”

    Yes! I have an ongoing research project where we’re using content analysis of the print news media. In the past few years we’ve noticed that wire service stories (e.g., AP, UP) come up more and more frequently. This *seems* to be the result of newspaper layoffs–that is, fewer reporters at newspapers means more reliance on the wires. Anyway, it is a disconcerting trend.

  4. Mike Avatar

    Centralized news. Not good. The AP also has a “right” slant.

  5. Maska Avatar

    The Abbey appointment was only one of two that affect our wildlife. The other was that of Sam Hamilton, current regional director for the Southeast Region of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to be Director of USFWS. Does anybody have any useful intelligence regarding Mr. Hamilton, and what sort of direction me might be?

  6. Maska Avatar

    Aye! That should have read “what sort of director he might be.” The fingers got ahead of the brain.

  7. spirithorsebr Avatar

    Barbara Ellen Ries, Arizona
    Senator Leahy Proposes ” Truth Commission to investigate and Online petition to investigate and prosecute constitutional abuses of Bush administration. Senator Leahy ~ Please investigate the documents from the BLM. One would hope that the time invested in this information be known and discovered. I hope and pray that this information dark and shocking as it may be is investigated. I hope for the wild horses sake, The Cloud Foundation and horse advocates as well as myself in the USA are represented and not and the laws for horses in the wild horse and burro act. Here’s body of the petition: I hereby join Senator Patrick Leahy’s call for the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission, to investigate the Bush-Cheney Administration’s constitutional abuses so we make sure they never happen again. These abuses may include the use of torture, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws. A truth and reconciliation commission should be tasked with seeking answers so that we can develop a shared understanding of the failures of the recent past. Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened. The best way to move forward is getting to the truth and finding out what happened — so we can make sure it does not happen in any way shape or form. Thank you for any consideration. Documents on web below For Immediate Release Contact: Patricia Haight, Ph.D., (480) 430-2294, Julianne French, 520-309-5791, Documents from Bureau of Land Management Reflect Intent of BLM for Wild Horses in Holding Facilities & on Public Lands Signed by: [Your name] (Barbara Ellen Ries) Send this web site to friends family and others in support Easy to find the money trail or tail. Barbara Ellen Ries my web

    Please send to everyone ….
    Barbara Ellen Ries
    If you have information to save the Wild horses sent to this e-mail.

    If you want to help the wild horses write President Obama or your representative.

  8. Fred Avatar

    Hopefull, Bob will be able to do his job without interference from the Beltway Boys.

  9. spirithorsebr Avatar

    July 26, 2009
    USA Citizens for Cloud ,
    His Herd & Wild Horses and Burros ~
    to ROAM Free!!

    Stop the Round ups of Cloud ~ His Herd & Wild Horses & Burros)

    Let them ROAM ~ FREE

    We live in the best of times and the worst of times ~ Charles Dickens .

    STAND YOUR GROUND with Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation.
    How to help ASAP ~ See Below!!

    Drastic Removal Planned for Cloud’s Herd
    Watch this 30 second video by Ginger Kathrens

    2. Write and SPEAK OUT!! Clouds and his Herd are on the roundup list now….. Don’t let this round up & death sentence happen. What do you do? Address and e-mail below.

    3. Go into silent vigilance of hope prayer and meditation for Cloud and his Herd and all the Wild Horses

    4. Send this E-mail to Director of the Interior ASAP!
    Time is of the essence. “Cloud and his family (herd) could be killed before his October 2009 movie comes out on PBS.”Ginger Kathrens

    Email Ken Salazar and the Bureau of Land Management now! There is an easy format below you can use just add your name.

    To this e-mail:

    Mail: Ken Salazar
    Department of Interior
    1849 C Street , N.W.
    Washington, DC 20240
    Phone: 202-7351

    Dear Kenneth Interior Secretary Salazar,

    Interior Secretary Salazar and the Bureau of Land Management I’m asking you to stop the Roundups of Cloud and his Family!

    I am writing to express my extreme disappointment in THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT’S (BLM) DECISION to continue THEIR plan to euthanize or hold in captivity thousands of wild horses and burros and ROUNDUPS ~ AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER.

    The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act (1971) was created with the hope of managing healthy herds of wild horses and burros on healthy Western rangelands. With the goal of managing the sizes of these herds, the BLM believes that wild horses and burros consume unfair amounts of forage on BLM lands. “On March 3, 2009, it was stated by a BLM representative that the forage depletion on public lands leaves cattle with nothing to eat. Contrary to that statement, a Wild Horse Ecologist, Craig C. Downer, of Nevada, stated in his speech (Wild Horse Speech With Tables And Charts, Wild Horse Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2008) that wild horses and burros only consume a mere 5.6% of the forage consumed by livestock on BLM land. “

    It is not necessary to hold these wild horses and burros in captivity or round them up for slaughter (an expense to taxpayers). THE Cloud Foundation OFFERS an Alternative Herd Plan & SOLUTION. (The Cloud Foundation Web) This was given to the BLM in June 2009.

    The BLM holding costs for the BLM in 2009 are $33 million, and in 2014 it is estimated to be $85 million. This business plan will help unravel the problem that the BLM has created in gathering horses off the range land at the tax payers’ expense.

    1. Stop the BLM from managing our wild horses and Clouds Herd to extinction.2. Halt all round-ups of wild horses until range conditions and herd numbers can be verified.
    3. Return wild horses in holding to the 100+ herd areas (19+ million acres) that have been zeroed out.
    4. Expand the Pryor Mountain. Wild Horse Range for Clouds Herd & protect herd at viable population level of at least 150 adult horses until range is expanded.

    Sincerely thank you for any and all consideration to saving our National Treasure and Cloud‘s Herd and family.

    You’re Name (_______________________)… DRAFT PLAN
    For Immediate Release Contact: Patricia Haight, Ph.D., (480) 430-2294, Julianne French, 520-309-5791,

    Nevada and Pryor Mountain in July and August of 2009 Roundups fact or fiction. History will tell. Opps my bad will not do for the United States citizens who love and cherish these beauties.

    Source: Barbara Ellen Ries, Advocate for Cloud Foundation.
    If you think we being harsh read documents from the BLM draft and we will see if Cloud and his Herd lives to ROAM FREE. I hope this draft was just some humans having a bad day and not reality. I believe “The Truth shall set the Horses free one way or another.”
    Barbara Ellen Ries, Arizona Horse Advocate and Pro-ROAM

    If your organization can help please e-mail me at ~

    Barbara Ellen Ries,


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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